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Savannah Sparrow 3-20120506 | by Kenneth Cole Schneider
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Savannah Sparrow 3-20120506

The car served as a very effective blind. This morning, with thunder in the background, I drove around the vacant block in front of our NE Illinois condo. Earlier, I had heard both a Spotted Sandpiper and a Vesper Sparrow singing. Both have nested here in the past, but within a few days, ground will be broken for over 100 new townhomes on this site. First I found the sandpiper atop a favorite rock pile, but it flew away as I readied my camera, only to be replaced by a Savannah Sparrow. I found the sandpiper again further away in a fluddle across the street. I had given up the search for the Vesper Sparrow, but stopped to get the mail that I forgot to pick up yesterday. I heard it singing on another rock pile and drove back. It posed briefly before disappearing, just as rain started falling. Visit

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Taken on May 6, 2012